12th International Conference of Nordic and General Linguistics

The Corona Situation: Due to the new situation in Norway and the world we are at the moment discussing what to do and what alternatives there are for our conference. We'll decide this just over Easter. At the moment we ask speakers and participants to plan according to the present schedule. (Oslo, 21. March 2020).  

The NGL conference series (previously also known as ICNGL) provides an open forum for linguistic research in order to facilitate the exchange of ideas on Nordic (including Germanic, Finnic, Saamic and Greenlandic) and other languages, including multilingualism. Its main goals are to create and strengthen connections between researchers working on different languages, with different methodological and theoretical approaches. 

University library, Oslo
The NGL will be held in Oslo for the third time.

The international conference of Nordic and General Linguistics (NGL) is organised under the auspices of the Nordic Association of Linguists (NAL). This will be the 12th conference, 51 years since the first one, and the third to be organised at the University of Oslo.


Keynote speakers

Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Steffen Höder (Kiel University)
Joe Salmons (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Marit Westergaard (UiT-The Arctic University of Norway)


Call for abstracts for workshop talks, submission deadline: 1. February 2020
W1: Establishing phoneme inventories: argumentation and cross-linguistic comparability

W2: Manner, quality, degree and quantity demonstratives

W3: Heritage languages and bilingualism: Collaboration and synthesis 


Main session papers


Call for abstracts for main session talks, new submission deadline: 27. JANUARY 2020

  • • Authors should only submit abstracts for original research that has not yet been published (or accepted for publication) as a journal article or in an edited volume.
    • Abstracts must be no longer than one page (A4) including examples. Formatting should be single-spaced, with 1 inch / 2.54 cm margins, and written in a standard 12-point font.
    • Abstracts should contain short descriptions of:
    research question, data, methodology (data collection, analysis), results (theoretical and/or empirical).
    • Abstracts will undergo double-blind review, so they should not contain first person referencing or other identifying information.
  • Notification of acceptance for main session talks: 1. March 2020  12. March 2020

Previous NGL conferences

  1. Reykjavík, July 1969
  2. Umeå, June 1973
  3. Austin, Texas, April 1976
  4. Oslo, June 1980
  5. Århus, June-July 1983
  6. Helsinki, August 1986
  7. Tórshavn, August 1989
  8. Gothenburg, August 1993
  9. Oslo, January 1995
  10. Reykjavík, June 1998  
  11. Freiburg, April 2012

Oslo and linguistics in June 2020

The Norwegian capital is at its most beautiful in mid June, when the days are warm and long and the nights are light and short. The University of Oslo is even more exciting than usual in June 2020 with three international linguistics conferences. It starts with the present 12th international conference of Nordic and General Linguistics (NGL), which is followed by two annual conferences: the 12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference (APLL12), which is again followed by the 25th International Lexical-Functional Grammar Conference (LFG2020)Welcome to Oslo!

Local committee

Janne Bondi Johannessen (Conference chair)
Hans-Olav Enger
Patrick Grosz
Kristin Hagen
Anu Laanemets
Ida Larsson
David Natvig

Extended committee

Derib Ado (Addis Ababa University)
Kasper Boye (University of Copenhagen)
Ellen Brandner (University of Stuttgart)
Daniel Harbour (Queen Mary, University of London)
Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)
Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel)
Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt)
Muriel Norde (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Tomas Riad (Stockholm University)

Published Sep. 9, 2019 10:31 AM - Last modified Mar. 21, 2020 11:50 AM